Top Things to Do in Edinburgh on a Rainy Day

Edinburgh is a great place to be at not only because it has amazing attractions to visit on a bright sunny day but also because it has countless places to go to and endless things to do on a rainy day.

Here is a list of what you should do and where you should go on a day it’s raining cats and dogs in Edinburg instead of sitting back and sulking about the weather.

  1. Edinburgh Castle – Though people prefer visiting the castle on a clear sunny day, you can also go there on a rainy day for the numerous attractions indoors. Don’t forget to grab your umbrella.
  2. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art- Learn about the art and culture of Scotland at this amazing building with beautiful grounds that is home to ever changing art.
  3. Dovecot Studios- This modern space shuns all the ideas of preconceived crafts. A great place to go to on a rainy day, at Dovecot Studios you see the best work from leading craft makers and artists.
  4. Fruit Market Gallery- You can see the exhibition of lively and decisive art with a refreshing and surprising visit to this historical area of Edinburgh.
  5. Scotsman Steps- Visit these enclosed stairs that run from the Scotsman on the bridges down to the Old town and Waverly Station on a rainy day and have a lot of fun.
  6. The Palace of Holyroodhouse & The Scottish Parliament- You can enjoy the amazing indoors of these vintage buildings on a rainy day.
  7. Dynamic Earth- This state-of-the-art science museum dedicated to Mother Earth is a great place to learn about our home planet through exhibitions and activities about earthquakes, volcanoes, icebergs, rainforests and dinosaurs.
  8. Dominion Cinema- When it’s raining outside, go to the Dominion Cinema and experience the big screen by relaxing on a comfy chair or sofa.
  9. Out of the Blue Drill Hall- This is a cultural hub with a café and range of public events from art sales to flea markets.
  10. National Museum of Scotland- This is a world class museum, an amazing building, an abundance of interest and detail for adults and youngsters alike.It is a great place to learn about the history of Scotland and a great option of what to do on a rainy day.
  11. Edinburgh Pubs- The city is replete with amazing pubs which include:
  12. Royal McGregor’s: A friendly and cozy pub, Royal McGregor is a great place to hangout on a rainy day.
  13. The Mitre Bar: This pub is famous for the ghost of a 17th century bishop. It has quality food and a great atmosphere.
  14. Royal Mile- The Royal Mile is a blend of amazing attractions that include:
  15. The Real Mary King’s Close: Located just before the City Chambers this place is a historically accurate example of life in Edinburg between the 16th and 19th
  16. Giles Cathedral: Considered as mother church of Presbyterianism and contains the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle. Its interior is as beautiful as its exterior. It is definitely worth a visit.
  17. The Writer’s Museum: The museum presents 3 collections named after Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson with personal objects, manuscripts, photographs, possessions and, of course, books.